Lesson 1: What Do You Know About the Dangers of Tobacco?

Pre-Assessment and Post-Assessment


OBJECTIVE: To assess your students’ knowledge about the dangers of tobacco before and after using this program. NOTE: Student pre- and post-assessment quizzes can be submitted by teachers for a chance to receive Scholastic gift certificates and books (details [PDF]).


  • Supports higher standards in Health/Life Skills, Science Literacy, and English Language Arts
  • Download a Standards Chart (PDF) covering NSES, NGSS, and Common Core


HANGING THE POSTER: Pre- and Post-Lesson Discussions


Before handing out the Worksheet 1 quiz, ask students: What do you think you know about the dangers of tobacco?

After using the materials in the program, have students take the quiz again. If you mail your completed pre- and post-assessments to Scholastic, you can be entered to receive Scholastic gift cards and books (details [PDF]).

Ask students: What facts about tobacco surprised you the most? How can you use this information to protect yourself and others around you? (Knowing the facts helps you to make healthy decisions about tobacco, such as staying away from people who are smoking and to not start smoking. People may be more easily convinced to stop smoking or using tobacco if they have the facts about its dangers.)


Refer to the Additional Tools (PDF) for additional resources to support the “Get Smart About Tobacco” lessons:

  • Background Information and Facts
  • Academic and Domain-Specific Vocabulary Lists
  • Writing Prompts
  • Paired-Text Reading Suggestions
  • Standards Chart for Grades 3–5

The Bonus Worksheets (PDF) (includes an overview and answer key) are recommended for use at the conclusion of the program but can be used at any point to expand on the knowledge students have gained from "Get Smart About Tobacco."



The printable Family Resource Guide (PDF) can help extend the learning outside of the classroom. We encourage you to send the material home with students to promote discussions that can help protect students from the dangers of tobacco.



We want to hear from you! Help us evaluate this program—and be entered to receive Scholastic gift certificates and books!


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Sources for Poster/Teaching Guide: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (2013) “Youth Risk Behavior Survey.” Gromysz-Kalkowska et al., Ann Univ Mariae Curie Sklodowska Med: (2002) “Taste Perception of Cigarette Smokers.” Jamal et al., MMWR: (2014) “Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults—United States, 2005–2013.” Matt et al., Environ Health Perspect: (2011) “Thirdhand Tobacco Smoke: Emerging Evidence and Arguments for a Multidisciplinary Research Agenda.” National Center for Health Statistics: (1965–2011) “National Health Interview Survey.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: (2014) “The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General”; (2012) “Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General”; (2006) “The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General”; (2000) “Reducing Tobacco Use: A Report of the Surgeon General.”

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